Reading: Recommended



Like most of us, I add more books to my wishlist than I can ever hope to read, a mix of backlist, recently published and soon-to-be released titles gleaned from a variety of sources. I’m planning to highlight a handful of these books in this new monthly feature.

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Recommended byWhatCathyReadNext

The Other You by J.S. Monroe

Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.

At least she has Rob. Young, rich, handsome and successful, Rob runs a tech company on the idyllic Cornish coast. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health. When she’s with him, in his luxury modernist house, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.

Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew. And knows, with absolute certainty, that the man before her has been replaced by an impostor.

Is Rob who he says he is? Or is it all in Kate’s damaged mind?


Recommended by TheresaSmithWrites

The Clearing by J.P. Pomare

Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.

Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town.

As Amy and Freya’s story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town’s dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed.


Recommended by BermudaOnion

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas 

An insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can–except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward “thought leaders” who redefine “change” in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.


Recommended by Books, Bones and Buffy

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”

Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her–a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda.

The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.



Murder Most Florid: Inside the Mind of a Forensic Botanist by Dr.Mark A. Spencer

Dr Mark Spencer is a forensic botanist – in other words, he helps police with cases where plants can unlock clues to solve crimes, from murder and rape to arson and burglary.

Murder Most Florid is an enthralling, first-person account that follows Mark’s unconventional and unique career, one that takes him to woodlands, wasteland and roadsides, as well as police labs, to examine the botanical evidence of serious crimes. From unearthing a decomposing victims from brambles to dissecting the vegetation of a shallow grave, Mark’s botanical knowledge can be crucial to securing a conviction.

More widely, this gripping book challenges our attitude to death and response to crime. It picks holes in the sensationalized depictions of policing we see on TV, and asks pertinent questions about public sector funding in the face of rising crime. Most importantly, it shows us how the ancient lessons of botanical science can still be front and centre in our modern, DNA-obsessed world.




Are you tempted to add any of these to your reading wishlist? 



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. BermudaOnion
    Feb 09, 2020 @ 11:43:27

    I hope you find Winners Take All as thought provoking as I did.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. littlemissstar55
    Feb 09, 2020 @ 12:14:02

    In The Clearing sounds really interesting!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Marg
    Feb 09, 2020 @ 12:35:11

    Upright Women Wanted sounds like a fun read!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. popple58
    Feb 09, 2020 @ 13:19:07

    The Other You looks good

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Anjana
    Feb 09, 2020 @ 16:32:39

    The last book sounds very intriguing!

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Sharon
    Feb 09, 2020 @ 17:18:04

    Winner Takes all and Murder most florid, both sound really good and my kind of books.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. whatcathyreadnext
    Feb 09, 2020 @ 21:07:31

    Thanks for including my review of The Other You.



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  9. Lynn
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 05:12:46

    This is actually a great feature! Upright Women Wanted sounds really good! I hope you’ll enjoy these books when you get the chance to read them!

    Liked by 1 person


  10. alisbooks
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 03:13:31

    I do a similar feature on my blog and call it Friday Finds.

    Liked by 1 person


  11. Vicki
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 05:47:56

    The Other You and Upright Women Wanted sound really good!

    Liked by 1 person


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